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Feuer und Wasser for alto voice and guitar


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Poem by Otto Wanke, music by by David W Solomons - for alto and guitar. A somewhat resigned teenage-angst song of unrequited love.
See pdf file for score
You can hear me perform the song in the ogg file

Ich muss mich damit abfinden

dass Feuer und Wasser nicht zusammen passen

Das Feuer, das mit heller Flamme leuchtet,

das seine Umgebung anzünden möchte,

das knistert.

Das Wasser, das gemächlich vor sich hinfliesst,

das sich nur langsam erwärmen lässt,

das sucht.

Ich muss mich damit abfinden,

dass Feuer und Wasser nicht zusammen passen.

©1972 Otto Wanke



I must settle my mind on this

that fire and water do not go together

Hot fire whose great flames flare up so brightly

which wants to set light to all things around it

spits fiercely

Cool water smoothly flows ahead so slowly

and takes so long to warm up

and seeps in search in search

I must settle my mind on this

that fire and water do not go together.

©1973 (translation) D W Solomons


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